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History: 1980s

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Growing Sales & Building Culture

The 1980s saw much of the same as the 1960s and 1970s. Clippard was experiencing up to 40% growth years thanks to the combination of passionate people, effective sales methods, strategic business expansions, and their well-known quality products. Exciting advancements were continuing to happen in the business.

Moving forward from Leonard's retirement, the start of this next decade brought grief into the company when Leonard passed away at his Arizona home in 1983. The death of Harriet the following year added to the heartbreak of the family and company. But that was not going to keep the Clippard team from carrying on their founder's legacy. By the end of the 1980s, Clippard had finished construction on their new Belgium facility, which would be the headquarters for all of the company's international sales in Europe. They had also completed the third and final expansion on the Colerain plant in 1989, a direct reflection of Clippard's massive growth over the years.